Victor Marana

Victor M.

Chicago, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My pedagogy is constructivist and interdisciplinary . This means students learn Spanish not just from textbooks and exercises but mostly from using and practicing the language through the arts and through their personal experiences with it. Poems, music, plays, movies, podcasts, voiceover, and many other art forms are the main resource of knowledge and go hand in hand with a technical review by the instructor.

About Victor M.

I have been extremely passionate about teaching Acting and Spanish for over 10 years (and have been an English as a Second Language student for 30!!) I am a native of Mexico City but made Chicago my home three years ago when I decided to continue my acting career in such a lovely city.

(Acting bio above)

Spanish: I started teaching Spanish while I was doing my degree at the University of Exeter in the UK. I helped some of my actor colleagues learn the basics of Spanish and when I moved back to Mexico I decided to professionalize my teaching and took an intensive course focused on teaching Spanish to beginners. During that course I fall in love with my native language and decided to take another intensive course this time focused on Advance Spanish. During that course I learned beautiful nuances and details about this amazing language.
Since I have an artistic background, I try to create multidisciplinary classes so that my students can learn Spanish mainly through the arts and not through condensed and heavy books (though they are part of my teaching since I believe theory is of extreme importance in any field of study).

As a bilingual person, I've learned that language is the door to other cultures. Many times we are attracted to a language because we love a country that speaks it, songs we like to sing and dance to, tasty gastronomy, our parents, friends, among many more things. It is language who help us relate to others, understand their ways of thinking, their traditions, their jokes or their feelings.

This is why I strongly believe that finding the essence of why we want to learn a language is so important. It doesn't matter if you are a kid, a teenager or an adult, if you learn a language through the things you are personally interested and passionate about, learning will never feel like an obligation and will always feel like a fun game!

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Karima
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Victor has been tutoring me Spanish for a few months now, and I cannot recommend his classes highly enough. Each class is tailored to expand vocabulary and confidence in speaking, ranging from every day conversations to learning cultural nuances and perfecting the accent. Victor is incredibly enthusiastic and makes the classes challenging and fun! I definitely recommend his tutoring services to anyone wanting an introduction to Spanish, to fine-tuning their fluency.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Kelsey
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Víctor is a very generous and patient teacher! He does such a good job of catering the curriculum to your skill level and interests.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Marsha
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I was just looking to learn a new language since all my kids are out of the house. I took spanish in highschool but all I could say is “ hola como estas “ and “queso”. Thanks to Victor I was able to read 100 Years of Solitude in spanish and I can watch casa de las Flores without subtitles. I am booking a trip to Colombia in September with my husband. I can’t wait to be his guide all thanks to Victor!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Ann
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Hola! Víctor really helped my spanish! I was able to communicate perfectly when I went to vacation in Mexico City! Muchas gracias Víctor eres lo mejor!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Rodrigo
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Victor has been a great spanish teacher. Each class is different and he adapts to whatever my interests are. Highly recommended

Posted Mar 24, 2020

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Experience

Instructor
Jan 2019 - Present

Chicago Public Schools

Teaching Empathy through playwriting in English and Spanish

Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present

After School Matters

Teaching acting and playwriting in English and Spanish

Coach
Feb 2017 - Present

Performing Arts Studio

Coaching actors

Spanish through Acting
Apr 2019 - Aug 2019

Private

Teaching Spanish through acting games.

Actor
Aug 2018 - Aug 2019

Netflix

Easy Episodic

Actor
Jan 2014 - Aug 2019

Goodman Theatre, National Theatre Mexico, Victory Gardens, Den Theatre, Theatre Wit, Athenaeum

Voice Over Actor
Jan 2018 - Apr 2019

Sloan, IL Lotery

Instructor
Jan 2016 - Sep 2016

National Theatre Library

Acting in Spanish

Acting Instructor
Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

National Theatre Library

Training Actors with psychophysical techniques.

Education

Masters Degree Acting
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

BA Theatre
Sep 2009 - Sep 2013

University of Exeter - Unviversidad de las Americas

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Spanish
Jul 2014

Centro de Estudios para el Uso de la Voz

Advanced Spanish

Awards

Best Actor
May 2015

Mexico National University

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